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Am J Public Health. 2004 Feb;94(2):286-92.

Town-level characteristics and smoking policy adoption in Massachusetts: are local restaurant smoking regulations fostering disparities in health protection?

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Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Boston University School of Public Health, MA 02118, USA. skeer@bu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We identified and quantified differences in sociodemographic characteristics of communities relative to the strength of local restaurant smoking regulations in Massachusetts.

METHODS:

We examined the relationship between the strength of the 351 local restaurant smoking regulations in Massachusetts and a number of town-level characteristics, using a multinomial logistic regression model.

RESULTS:

Characteristics important to the adoption of stronger restaurant smoking regulations included higher education and per capita income, geographic region, voter support for a state cigarette tax initiative, board of health funding to promote clean indoor air policy making, and the presence of a bordering town with a strong regulation.

CONCLUSIONS:

The current pattern of smoke-free restaurant policy enactment fosters socioeconomic and geographic disparities in health protection, undermining an important national health goal.

PMID:
14759944
PMCID:
PMC1448245
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